News Release (Draft

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Department of Labor and Employment
30 October 2014

Towards Child Labor Free Philippines,
National Children’s Month ends on a high note

"Much has been done in the area of child labor prevention and elimination, but much
is still expected from us. Admittedly, poverty will always be seen as the culprit that
pushes children to work. Helping those who do not have the means is the
transformative action called upon by the inclusive growth framework.”

This is the message of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda DimapilisBaldoz, at the close of the National Children’s Month, rallying a call on stakeholders
“to continue partnering with the DOLE and other government agencies in ensuring
that child laborers and their families will be transformed and reintegrated into their
communities with a sense of self-worth, empowerment, and dreams.”

The month-long celebration, spearheaded by the DOLE’s Bureau of Workers with
Special Concerns (BWSC) and the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC),
concluded with the Children’s Arts Festival held at the Skydome, SM City North Edsa
on 29 October, where close to hundred children and child welfare advocates from
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), National Commission for
Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry

14 years old. 15 years old. Dasmariñas North High School.(PCCI). 13 years old. 2nd Place – Ryan P. Quezon City. Catandaan Yabut National High School. and ventriloquist stint from Ony Carcamo. the winners are: 1st Place . Hizon. Bagong Silangan Elementary School. Proteksyunan! Child Labor. Occupational Safety and Hazard Center in Agham Road. 12 years old. Angelitud. are: 1st Place – Allen C. and San Juan National High School attended. 16 years old. Batiancila. storytelling from Laura Vicuna Foundation Inc.Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP). Bagong Silangan Elementary School. The second category winners. Labanan!. . This year’s theme. 2nd Place – Thrish Anne M. 11 years old. Laura Vicuna Foundation Inc. Dasmariñas North High School. Enerlan. Recto High School.Dandreb E. Derecho. and 3rd Place – Dany Cris M.” amplifies the importance of social protection in attaining sustainable and inclusive growth. For the first category with contestants ages 13 and below. ages 14 to 17. Winners for the On-the-Spot Painting Contest. “Batang Malaya. held last 18 October at the Ichikawa Auditorium. Claro M. Children’s Group. Children’s Group. and 3rd Place – Kianne Marie P. have also been awarded. At the event. De Torres. children were indulged in a festive treat with performances from Rondalla on Wheels and Igal-Igal Badjao Dance.

Chinina Perez. Napakalaki na rin po ng ating ipinuhunang lakas.” Baldoz said. and Armida Reyes. and the Child Labor Knowledge Sharing System (CLKSS) website.” The winning entries of this year’s contests can be viewed and accessed at the Batang Malaya Youtube Channel.S. Department of Labor to which the Philippines reached the “significant advancement” status along with other 12 countries in the Asia Pacific. Facebook Page. we cannot be complacent. 2nd Place – “Kawikaan 22:6” by Euniz Johanne Garcia. Kaya po maipagkakapuri natin na nagtatagumpay po tayo sa ating laban kung ito ang ating magiging batayan. “Napakatagal na pong panahon na tayo ay nakikipagbaka laban sa child labor. and 3rd Place – “Malaya Nga Ba?” by Dominique Osal. The DOLE’s BWSC is also brewing up . Substantiating this. There is no other way but up. to wit: 1st Place – “Sa Likod ng Ngiti” by Jasmin Monroy. “While this may be a good news for us. We must further intensify this anti-child campaign -.” Baldoz said.to speak the unspeakable and show the nation that which it refuses to see. she cited the favorable results of the Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor by the U. salapi. “Pangalawang taon na po ito na „significant achievement‟ ang rating ng Pilipinas sa nasabing US DOL Findings.Winners for the Public Service Announcement were also recognized at the event. at panahon sa ating antichild labor campaign.

Canon Philippines. Globe Telecom. Bank of the Philippine Islands. along with the Children’s Arts Festival. is made possible in partnership with SM Skydome.. Inc. The line of activities in the National Children’s Month. and Jollibee Foods Corporation.agreements with private sector and local government units for exhibiting the entries on billboards and public vidiwalls. SM Cares Foundation. END/hjtg .